In Scott v MPFS (Insurance Services Ltd) a Central London County Court (Judge Hallgarten QC) has ruled that the underwriters of the Metropolitan Police medical insurance fund did not unlawfully discriminate on grounds of sex by reducing benefits payable to women police officers in respect of permanent total disablement to half of those payable to male police officers.
A restriction in an insurance policy underwriting a contractual permanent health insurance scheme, which disentitled an employee to benefits on leaving service, was not incorporated by reference or implication into his contract of employment, holds the High Court in Villella v MFI Furniture Centres Ltd.
A female employee who was unjustifiably excluded from appraisals and the benefits of a profit-share scheme and a one-off share issue because she was a casual employee, was indirectly discriminated against on grounds of sex, holds an Ashford employment tribunal (Chair: D E de Saxe) in Buckle v Abbey National plc.
In Sharratt v Barclays Bank plc a Manchester employment tribunal (Chair: P J Russell) holds that it was not sex discriminatory to withdraw a company car allowance from a woman on maternity leave.
In Grant v South West Trains Ltd the High Court has rejected a claim that denial of travel benefits to the same-sex partner of a female employee was in breach of her contract of employment.
An employee's entitlement to benefit under his employer's permanent health insurance scheme was not terminated merely because he undertook some different work while incapacitated from working in his original job, as the scheme provided for payment of reduced benefits in such circumstances, holds the Court of Appeal in Brompton v (1) AOC International Ltd (2) Unum Ltd.
In Adin v Sedco Forex International Resources Ltd  IRLR 280 CS, the Court of Session held that if an employer provides sickness benefits it will be a breach of contract to dismiss an employee on grounds of ill health while he or she has sickness benefit outstanding.
In Nolte v Landesversicherungsanstalt Hannover (14 December 1995) EOR67B, the European Court of Justice rules that the exclusion of low-paid, part-time workers from the German statutory social security scheme is permissible, even though considerably more women than men are affected.
In Barrie and others v Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, the EAT holds that car allowances paid to employees of the council were wholly in respect of expenses incurred by them in doing their jobs.
In Meyers v Adjudication Officer (13 July 1995) EOR64F, the European Court of Justice rules that a benefit such as family credit falls within the scope of the EEC Equal Treatment Directive.
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